When you visit an osteopath for the first time, a full case history, including medical history and any past traumas, will be taken. Next a postural examination and mobility tests will be performed. For this, it is usually necessary to undress to your underwear. However, if you are uncomfortable with this please wear loose clothing or bring shorts and/or a t-shirt.
Osteopaths use their highly developed sense of touch (palpation) to detect areas of strain or weakness and to determine the mobility of the joints. Occasionally additional tests may be required such as blood tests, x-rays or MRI scan to enable your osteopath to make a detailed diagnosis.
You do not need permission from your GP before consulting an osteopath. However, if you wish to claim using your medical insurance you usually require such referral before your first consultation.
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